About Breast Revision Surgery
Breast augmentation using implants is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, and in most cases yields beautiful and natural outcomes. Unfortunately, sometimes a patient can be dissatisfied with the appearance of her breasts and may require breast revision surgery. Keep in mind not all revision surgeries are because of doctor error. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Naveen Setty is willing to take on even the more challenging cases of breast implant revision surgery (including patients with which he did not perform the initial augmentation).
While few breast augmentations do end with a poor outcome, there are individuals who desire a larger or smaller implant, while some may have a problem and ask to have the implant removed altogether. Implant revision can be necessary for issues such as rippling, implant displacement or replacement, drooping breasts, scarring, capsular contracture, or if the current implants have been placed under the muscle. A revision will include placing new implants above the muscle for a more natural look. Dr. Setty provides breast revision surgery after giving an in-depth assessment at Setty Plastics & Aesthetics in Dallas, Allen, or McKinney, TX so that the right outcome is achieved.
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Should you have any concerns (either cosmetic or medical) after breast augmentation surgery, please make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Setty to talk about your goals and to create your unique surgical plan. Whether it's scar tissue, breast sag, ripples under the skin, or unbalanced breasts, revision surgery can help repair the problem and create a more appealing and properly functioning outcome. This operation may also be appropriate if you would like to alter the implant style, size, or address another aspect of your breasts.
Candidates for implant repair may have a warranty from the manufacturers to protect the products. The warranty may cover costs of the breast implant and sometimes even the cost of surgery should you require a revision to repair leaking, rupture, or otherwise defective breast implants.
Common Reasons for Revision
Secondary breast augmentation either removes an implant that is not functioning properly or is no longer desired. Breast revision surgery may also be performed to change implant size or go from silicone to saline (or vice versa). There are other common situations where a revision surgery is wanted:
Although this is rare, breast implant rupture may occur. When a saline breast implant ruptures, the implant will deflate rather quickly. Because of this, a visible change will be noticeable. Meanwhile, if an implant made of silicone ruptures, it is only caught via an MRI. In either case, when a rupture occurs, a revision treatment will be needed.
Capsular contracture is known as an area of hardening because of scarring, occurring when the smooth tissue that surrounds the breast implant becomes thick and hard. While breast implants do create some internal hardening, most individuals will never realize this. In some cases, the hardening tissue could change the implant placement, and create an undesirable outcome. Scar removal surgery to remove scarring would be needed as well.
This condition occurs when the breast implants look out of balance. This may be due to an incorrect size implant, or ptosis on one side, or a different condition that can possibly cause asymmetry. A proper diagnosis would need to take place to determine what is causing the asymmetry, then a revision surgery would be implemented to resolve the condition, and finally a new set of breast implants would be inserted to attain a proportionate appearance.
This is a problem that may happen if one or both implants "bottom out" or drop too low. Sometimes this is a positioning and placement error from the original surgery. To fix this, a different placement approach may be recommended. For some patients, tissue grafting will be needed, in addition to a surgically produced pocket to hold the new implant. For many patients, switching to a silicone breast implant will solve this issue.
This condition happens when breast implants are positioned too closely together. Most often, this is because the breast implant selected was the incorrect shape, size, and width. A secondary procedure will repair this issue by selecting an implant that is acceptable to your frame and looks balanced.
Rippling occurs when you see noticeable lines and ripples under the skin. This condition typically forms around the edge of the implant. Rippling is generally found in females who are relatively thin. Many times, this issue can be repaired by simply switching to a silicone breast implant.
Sometimes revision surgery is as straightforward as getting a larger or smaller sized breast implant. During the first surgery, you may have chosen to go too small or big. A different implant size can be used to attain the desired outcome.
What to Expect
A secondary breast surgery is performed using general anesthesia. The overall recovery varies depending on the revision type. For example, if a different size is being inserted, a breast lift may work if less CCs are used to help tighten wrinkled or loose skin. Any type of revision that requires grafting or complex reconstruction will incur a longer recovery which may last up to 6 – 8 weeks. Many women will slowly start to see their surgical results once the bruising and swelling disappear. The most important aspect following breast revision surgery is to achieve a result that is both natural looking and healthy.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5 – 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- At Home
Changed Your Mind?
Breast implant revision surgery is a specialized procedure tailored to your individual problem by plastic surgeon Dr. Setty. If you're displeased with your breast augmentation results or want a different result, we invite you to contact our Allen, McKinney, or Dallas, TX office to book your appointment at Setty Plastics & Aesthetics. There are many factors to consider and Dr. Setty will provide you with a physical examination, offer revision recommendations, and discuss realistic goals and expectations.